Sabathia, on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow soreness, is eligible to be activated Thursday. The Yankees initially expected Sabathia to spend the minimum number of days on the DL, then start their series opener Aug. 24 in Cleveland. Girardi refused to commit to that Friday, but still expects Sabathia to return for that weekend series.
"I haven't really nailed down that that's the date," Girardi said. "We have to see how the bullpens go and how he feels. That way I have a little leeway for the second day or the third day [of the series against the Indians], whenever it is. Let's just see how his bullpens go before I give an exact date."